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Charlotte and George Hay, an acting couple not exactly the Lunts are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac "revised, one nostril version" and Noel Coward's Private Lives. This backstage farce by the author of Lend Me a Tenor brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway co-starring with Philip Bosco as her megalomanic, drunken husband and leCharlotte and George Hay, an acting couple not exactly the Lunts are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac "revised, one nostril version" and Noel Coward's Private Lives. This backstage farce by the author of Lend Me a Tenor brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway co-starring with Philip Bosco as her megalomanic, drunken husband and leading man. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel epic and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their agent? Will George be sober enough to emote? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives or a disturbing mixture of the two? Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures, in this valentine to Theatre Hams everywhere....

Title : Moon Over Buffalo
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ISBN : 9780573626517
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 136 Pages
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Moon Over Buffalo Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-04-05 08:56

    great characters, lots of chaos and fun moments, great to read but even better to perform!

  • Edward Cheer
    2019-04-03 11:42

    This is another case where the production I saw was terrible, but I was still able to appreciate the script. Sure the acting was over-the-top and the directing was horrible... but I could tell the show was at least intended to be performed well. Then again, aren't all plays meant to be performed well?Moon Over Buffalo follows a family of actors in a dying theatre company hoping for their first big break to make it big. The play has little references to other theatre shows, the state of theatre compared to film, and some of the reasons as to why theatre isn't doing as well today- but it's done as a labor of love. It's clear that Ludwig took a lot of his passion for the stage and put into this play.Now, as a comedy Moon Over Buffalo is... fine. There's a lot of mistaken facts, characters running in and our of rooms, fake identities, and other hilarious antics but after reading so many farces this year there wasn't much about the comedy in Buffalo that made it stand out. There were a couple good gags here and there but there were so many jokes I could already tell the punchline to that it rendered the joke unfunny.Buffalo isn't a bad play, just one with a lot of good ideas that's bogged down by some by-the-numbers comedy bits. Maybe I'm not a good comedy critic or maybe I'm getting sick of all these comedies and how much they're blending together, but in either case don't let this review deter you from watching or reading Moon Over Buffalo. It's still a fine play with some fun characters and some little bits of good dialogue here and there that make it enjoyable. But I don't know if I'll be coming back to this play anytime soon after seeing it.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-09 07:59

    Really funny, but too racy for us. Grandmother to adult granddaughter plus another lovely young woman who is pregnant by father. Couple starts to undress for sex. Extensive drunk scene but very funny. Gay jokes. Costumes specific to 16th century, 1920's and 1953. Lamp explodes in gunshot accident. Sex toy confusion. Simulated intercourse.

  • Ctroskoph
    2019-04-23 11:42

    I am not a fan of slapstick humor. The silly, drunken falling down the stairs comedy irritates me but there were some moments that redeemed it. Act 2 was certainly better than Act 1.

  • Angela Blount
    2019-04-07 11:57

    Set in the 1950's America, this comedic play-within-a-play is rife with slapstick and situational humor, backstage shenanigans, and dysfunctional family dynamics.This eight person production centers around a traveling theatrical couple, George and Charlotte--whose marriage is on the rocks, along with their fading careers. Charlotte has ambitious dreams of breaking into Hollywood, while her husband seems content in his alcohol-addled, philandering ways. The inciting incident? George receives a call from a famous film director in need of replacements for a movie he's currently directing. He plans to see one of George's shows and consider George and his wife, Charlotte, for the parts.Charlotte, however, doesn't believe this good news from her husband--she's just found out that George had an affair with one of their younger actors. Charlotte declares her intent to run off with a rich lawyer, and George falls into a boozing despair. What follows is a series of misunderstandings and mistaken identities, accidentally stoked onward by Charlotte's nearly-deaf mother and George's guilty conscience. Though the content is a bit dated, and the theater troupe concept not exactly unique, this play holds fast to a humorous and endearing charm all its own.

  • David Brown
    2019-04-01 11:04

    Moon Over Buffalo has a special place in my heart (Mainly because I had the pleasure of performing in a production of it). It is story of the Hay’s; a family of traveling actors and how one mistake by the leading man has the possibility to break the troupe apart. Ludwig’s characters are crazy; they do everything to the extreme. Most likely comes from their actor roots, because we all know actors are theatrical. Drunken performances, secret affairs, and tied up weathermen, this play is laugh out loud funny. Anyone can enjoy this play. There is no doubt that the obscurity of this play has rubbed off on me and affected my own writing.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-10 12:01

    This play was an absolute gas. The dialogue was lighting-quick and the stage direction even more so. I picked it up because it took place in Buffalo, NY, a former stomping ground, and that was a payoff in itself. The digs at the wee city are hilarious and clever. The action between the characters was reminiscent of Philadelphia Story (a la Hepburn, Stewart and Grant). I just loved it and would be thrilled to see it on stage. I am sure small companies stay away from it because it would require precision execution of the stage direction and overlapping dialogue to be a success.

  • Greg Kerestan
    2019-04-11 15:51

    As a theatregoer, I like a well-done farce. It's a guilty pleasure but one that most audiences seem to share. Ken Ludwig's backstage farce "Moon Over Buffalo" isn't as dark or as viscerally uncomfortable as the more famous "Noises Off," but it packs laughs, quick entrances and exits, misunderstandings, prop work and all the other essential elements of a satisfying farce, complete with a happy ending.

  • Sierra Wallace
    2019-04-09 12:54

    One of my favorite plays. It's witty, and the banter between George and Scarlet is genuinely funny. The surprise unintended pregnancy makes the plot into that of kind of a sitcom, but the play is still intelligent. Of course, the jokes appeal more to an older crowd, who can still remember the 1950's, and, therefore, it will soon be dated. However, I think it's laugh out loud funny and the writing and commentary on the theatre business is great.

  • Annie
    2019-04-15 10:52

    I enjoyed this play from the moment I finished the first scene on a plane ride home from the edinburgh fringe festival. The humor is just so accessible, it doesn't even need a great actor to get the humor of the script across, which is a sign of really good comedic play writing, at least for me. I had the joy of playing Eileen last fall and although a part on the smaller side, it was so fun to be apart of a play that demands as much energy as this play.

  • Neil
    2019-03-26 07:42

    OK, the farce placed backstage among crazies trying to make theater is hardly a new idea, but this has to be one of the best examples. A dysfunctional family troupe faces a variety of crises: keeping the troupe going, even if they have to play Buffalo; mom and dad's infidelities; daughter's defection to the non-theater world; and the remote hope that they might get parts in a Frank Capra film. Many doors are slammed, many identities are mistaken, and there is much drunkenness along the way.

  • Christina
    2019-04-07 08:46

    So funny, but not for high school. You'd have to explain too much of it and it's too long for my taste. I can shove them through 50 pages but not 120! Plus I steer away from make out scenes. I'm not gonna make someone's momma mad at me...

  • Rachelle Urist
    2019-04-03 14:47

    I played Charlotte Hay. What a hoot! Especially given my wonderful leading man!

  • Lizzy Murray
    2019-04-13 10:02

    Played Rosalind Hay my junior year in hs. So much fun. This play is amazing.

  • Mary McNulty
    2019-03-31 09:47


  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 14:55

    Fast-paced physical humor, razor-sharp wit make this a bubbling concoction of hilarity that you cannot put down! Laughed out loud too many times to count! :)

  • Andrew
    2019-04-19 10:09

    This was very funny. It did get a little confusing sometimes.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-27 11:03

    Well that was a lot of fun! I believe that I shall audition for this play next week.

  • Sella Malin
    2019-04-23 14:49

    Ahahaha. This play is hilarious. I was cracking up the whole time I read it. The characters are funny and three-dimensional, the plot is simple but fast and hilarious. Amazing. :)